Chaga is one of THE most important fungi to know, in my humble opinion. When made into a tea it feels like drinking a nourishing golden elixir of life that syncs right up with your cells to restore and heal you. Chaga’s DNA is 30% closer to human DNA than any other plant’s DNA, which might explain the strong connection one feels when drinking it.
It is one of the most potent antioxidants, scoring the highest ORAC of any food or supplement tested by the USDA.
This means that Chaga likely can help repair damaged DNA, and reduce the aging process.
Chaga absorbs the most free-oxygen radicals from our body out of any food in the world.
Free oxygen radicals have been shown to accelerate the aging process in our cells & blood vessels. They cause oxidative stress, which increases the risk for heart disease, cancers, and many other degenerative health issues we face.
🧬 A PubMed study found that its ability to protect human cells from free radicals is so powerful that they found a 40% reduction in DNA fragmentation.
Now that is some powerful healing potential!
If you’re looking for cellular protection, blood strengthening, tissue regeneration, and cardiovascular health, you may want to invite Chaga into your life.
Benefits of adding Chaga to your 🍄microdose:
Psilocybin is a non-specific amplifier, so intentionally adding your microdose to other superfoods, herbs and medicinal mushrooms can create a holistic boost for full-body wellness.
When you combine your psilocybin microdose with the golden healing powers of Chaga, you’re not only receiving the brain & mood-boosting effects but a full-body cellular regeneration upgrade to your microdose.
🧬 This is a beautiful mushroom to add to your protocol if you want to focus on physical healing.
We reach for Chaga when we are feeling depleted, undernourished, and a lack of radiance.
🧬 Chaga can provide a feeling of glowing from the inside and is comforting, replenishing, and warming.
- resourcefulness in our healing process
- commitment to build and regenerate
- powerful deep cellular healing
- gratitude for cellular repair & nourishment
- deep forest medicine
🧬 Chaga may support our cells in returning to the alignment of our body’s original divine state.
How Chaga Grows
Documented use of Chaga ranges back to 5,300 years ago when it could be found in many Russian & European indigenous medicine kits.
Chaga is a different kind of mushroom than what we may be used to. Instead of the classic fruiting body structure where we see a little mushroom popping up from the earth, it is a sclerotium—a hardened mass of fungal mycelium, which can be found on birch trees in cold climates. This parasitic fungus grows in places like Canada, Siberia, Scandinavia, and some parts of the United States.
Chaga is one of the slowest growing medicinal mushrooms and can take up to 20 years to fully form in older growth birch forests. It can be harvested every 5-7 years up to three times. Because of its slow regeneration cycle, this is a mushroom to have great reverence for as we are inviting it into our lives. It is possible for humans to propagate Chaga by inoculating live birch trees, yet we can’t speed up the growing cycle and this one can’t be grown in mushroom farms as many fruiting body mushrooms can.
In contrast, we can grow psilocybin in 2-4 months at home.
When working with Chaga it is important to be aware that because of its slow regeneration times, and specific growing environments, it is a more rare mushroom and thus very special that we get to work with it.
How To Work With It
If you are able to find chunks of dried Chaga, you can make a decoction by bringing water to a boil over the stovetop and then simmering for 20+ minutes. The liquid will be a golden dark brown when it is ready to drink. Dry the Chaga chunk or store it in the freezer to use repeatedly - you can get up to 20 brews out of the same small chunk!
We also like to make a Chaga tea with powdered Chaga. You can add 1-2 tsp of powdered Chaga to your coffee, ceremonial cacao, heated nut milk, or hot water along with sweeteners or other ingredients to make a healing beverage. You can also use powdered Chaga to make bliss balls, add to your smoothies or mix into your oatmeal for a superfood boost.
What stands out about Chaga is its cellular repair potential and the fact that it has the highest antioxidant level of any food in the world.
When we add Chaga to our psilocybin microdose it can support us in physical healing.
Chaga is one to receive with deep reverence and intention.
This potent healing mushroom is one of the main reasons micro.glow is donating 3% of revenue (not profits!) to protecting old-growth forests. Many mushrooms can only be found in these old forests!
🧬 Thank you Chaga for helping us repair our DNA, heal our cells, decrease the toxic load in our bodies and nourish us from the inside out.